For years now foreign Universities primarily from the U.S, U.K, Australia and Canada have been allowed to enter educational seminars in India without any prior inquiries conducted on the credibility, quality and legitimacy of these institutions. The Educational Ministry in India plays virtually no part in these organizations actively seeking Indian students, who do not necessarily have the resources to investigate the value of joining such dubious academic entities.
Unfortunately in India, an unrealistic yet existent fairy tale appeal has been created around students spreading their wings and departing to foreign lands for a better and more fruitful education (at least that’s what they say). The decisions that these students make is therefore intrinsically clouded and that helps facilitate disasters like Tri valley.
With hundreds of thousands of Indian students traveling overseas to pursue an education the Indian Government needs to do a better job of scanning Universities who enter India with the aim of recruiting International students. Universities abroad clearly benefit from acquiring international students because in most cases they pay 2x the price. In 2007 International students brought in $13 billion to U.S universities and therefore some of these non credible academic institutions will continue to unethically promote themselves by waving requirements and advertising the potential of the much coveted “immigration into foreign lands”. The students in this case are the ones who could potentially lose the most.
Furthermore, much of the problem lies in the fact that there simply aren’t enough higher education institutions in India to satisfy the demand. Students are forced to look elsewhere for opportunities and consequently most students who have access to sufficient finances instinctively disregard India, with the focus being on getting out and not getting into a reputed establishment with good standing.
Education is arguably India’s most prevalent problem and yet according to UNESCO “India has one of the lowest public expenditure budgets on higher education per student in the world”. The education ministry, at the very least should do a more sincere and thorough job of increasing awareness and nudging aspiring students in the right direction. Education is directly linked to improving the population crisis, increasing the country’s GDP and enhancing the standard of living in the nation. Based on that, I think that it is more the worthwhile for everyone who can, to make more of an effort and revolutionize the current standard.